Saturday, October 24, 2009

Landmarks

I know it's been forever since I posted. Please read my very first post again... I never claimed to be able to do anything regularly. I'm the girl who gets back out of bed a few nights a week to brush her teeth, remember?
The kids' school pictures came home in the backpacks a few days ago, and the next day I spent some time putting the 8x10s in the frames like my mom used to, layering the new one on top of the old. And of course I got them all out, lined them up on the table, and compared fall to spring, year to year.
This is Ben's first year, so there's just the one, in a brand new frame. He looks so sweet and the photographer managed to get such a nice smile from him. Abby has 7 - two for each school year - and it's obvious that in some she would let me do her hair and pick out an outfit. It's also obvious for which ones she insisted on wearing something... unique and styling her own hair. I've been choosing my battles carefully, and picture days, like clutter removal, only get about half a military style effort from me because they are who they are and I love them for that. If their personality and little rebellions are preserved forever in a picture, that's okay. Better, actually, to have that permanent reminder that they are unique and special than to have perfect cookie cutter images year after year, and memories of how much we fought and argued.
Elliott is up to eleven photos. Eleven pictures of that round face, that unassuming smile, those big brown eyes that see everything and judge nothing. Yes, I sat there and cried. It didn't help that just days before this he had commented that he would be moving out when he was 18 which was only 8 years away. Wow...
I also have a tradition of taking a picture beside a landmark in my house that will always be with me and won't change size - the grand piano. So that you can have your own moment of tearful, "oh they are growing up so fast" reminiscing, here are the First Day Piano pictures, starting in August 2004.
While I love sharing these pictures because of the way my kids have grown,
I do ask you to please ignore the piles of stuff and clutter that seems to change a little from year to year but is always present. If you think that an entire summer would be enough time to get the piano ready to take one picture, please read the previous post - I just get used to the summer schedule when bam it's fall...

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

OH ELLIOTT!!! I totally started crying.

AUNTIE said...

They are beautiful and wonderful and grow up entirely to quickly. Dont worry about clutter or dust it will always be around but kids grow up. I used to love "spur of the moment" little trips. Amazing how many free places there are to see and do. And the kids loved the words "Road Trip" even if it was just a trip to a lake and a sack lunch. We were making memories!

Mom said...

allafficWhat fun to know you are building the photo gallery in each frame and that you enjoyed the review as much as I did. It's amazing how they've grown and changed in what, for me, is such a short time. Wonderful to hear about all of you and to read another blog. It's a good sign. Love, Mom

Susan Raihala said...

Erma Bombeck said no woman ever lay on her deathbed and said, gee, I wish I'd kept a cleaner house. What wonderful, wonderful pictures! I very purposefully don't line up all the school portraits. *Sob*